Paleo Turmeric and Tahini Abundance Bowls with Ground Chicken

 

Turmeric and Tahini Abundance Bowls with Ground Chicken

Packed with protein, healthy fats, an abundance of nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties, these bowls are a filling and fulfilling meal.

So what is an “abundance bowl”?

An abundance bowl is a super functional way to increase your daily nutrient density. These bowls are loaded with an abundance of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), a happy balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) and are a simple way to feel happy, full and glowing.

A similar concept to a Buddha bowl, these abundance bowls can be paleo, vegan, or just plain nutritious.

Turmeric and Tahini Abundance Bowls with Ground Chicken

Turmeric and Tahini Sauce

This turmeric and tahini sauce is bold and flavorful. Both of these elements have unique flavors that are not common in our western diet. Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are particularly rich in trace minerals like phosphorus, iron, magnesium and zinc. Although avoiding seed oils is a general recommendation I like to make because they usually contain more inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids compared to omega-3 fatty acids, occasional use of tahini or raw sesame seeds can add a healthy boost to your mineral intake. Turmeric is a mild spice that has been used for it’s medicinal purposes for thousands of years. It has become increasingly popular over the last few years because of its ability to reduce inflammation. Brain diseases, certain types of cancers, heart disease and countless other chronic diseases are linked to high levels of inflammation. It is important to include foods that fight inflammation in order to promote lifelong health!

 


Simply Organic Turmeric Root Ground Certified Organic, 2.38-Ounce Container

Kevala Organic Sesami Tahini, 16 Ounce

Raw Vegetables

Including raw vegetables in your diet can be incredibly beneficial. Colorful vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Have you ever noticed that after steaming a head of broccoli the water in the pot turns bright green? This is a clear indicator that some of the water soluble vitamins and antioxidant rich phytochemicals have been leached. Sometimes this leaching is not so apparent, like when boiling potatoes. The potassium will move from the potatoes into the water where potassium is at a lower a concentration. This process is called passive diffusion and can happen when cooking any vegetable if there is a concentration gradient (if the food has a higher concentration of solutes or minerals than the fluid it is cooking in). When cooking in oil, you can lose some of your fat soluble vitamins if you rinse, dab or drain the cooking oil. When eating raw foods, you can be sure that you are consume the plant’s full nutritional value. To increase the amount of nutrients you are able to absorb from your foods, be sure to include a healthy source of fat when consuming your veggies.

Want to make this recipe vegan friendly?

If you are looking for a meat free meal and are not sensitive to soy, then skip the chicken and substitute a brick of firm tofu. Begin by draining the tofu, and then placing the tofu between paper towels or dish towels. Press the moisture out of the tofu. Once the tofu has been pressed, cut it into cubes. In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup coconut aminos, 2 tbsp of cashew or sunflower butter, 1 tbsp of coconut sugar, 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp of smoked paprika. Pour the marinade in a large Ziploc bag, add the tofu, seal and cover tofu completely with the marinade. Place the Ziploc bag in the fridge, and let the tofu soak for at least 15 minutes. Once tofu has marinaded, heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and then add the tofu with the marinade. Stir frequently and allow to brown. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Turmeric and Tahini Abundance Bowls with Ground Chicken

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Tahini and Turmeric Abundance Bowls with Ground Chicken

This savory bowl is loaded with nutrients and drizzled with a unique and flavorful sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 bowls

Ingredients

Ground Chicken

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Turmeric and Tahini Sauce

  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar

Abundance Bowls

  • 2 carrots
  • 1-2 red or yellow bell peppers
  • 1 head of romaine or 1/4 head of cabbage
  • 5 green onions
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 cup basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or cashews
  • 1 cup cooked thin rice noodles optional

Instructions

Ground Chicken

  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add diced onion. Allow onion to become soft and translucent.

  2. Once onion has cooked, add the ground chicken to the pan. Break up and allow to brown stirring frequently. 

  3. Once chicken has cooked fully, drain excess moisture using a lid. After chicken has been drained, add spices and stir. 

Turmeric and Tahini Sauce

  1. While chicken is cooking, whisk together sauce ingredients. Set aside.

Abundance Bowls

  1. If using rice noodles, cook according to instructions on the box. Drain, rinse, and set aside. 

  2. Chop peppers into thin slices. Shred the lettuce or cabbage. Remove the pit and peel, and dice the avocado. Julienne cut the carrots, or shred into thin strips using a peeler. Chop the green onions, basil and cilantro. 

  3. Assemble the bowls using the rice noodles as the base. Place vegetables and ground chicken in separate piles in the bowls. Top with the herbs, green onions, cashews and drizzle with sauce.

Recipe Notes

Tahini is ground sesame seeds and can be found next to the peanut butter in most stores. Cashew butter or sunflower butter can be used in place of tahini.


paleo turmeric and tahini abundance bowl with ground chicken